The UNLV Runnin’ Rebels could certainly make a big move towards competing in the Mountain West this year as head coach Tony Sanchez is starting to make a big difference. However, they will be without one of their best receivers in Kendal Keys.
It was reported by the Las Vegas Review-Journal that Keys suffered a torn meniscus earlier this week and surgery will knock him out for the 2016 season. This is a huge blow as he and Devonte Boyd form one of the best receiver tandems in the conference.
Last season, Keys recorded 515 yards and six touchdowns on 43 receptions, just second to Boyd’s 904 yards and seven touchdowns. This forces sophomore Brandon Presley, who was listed as their backup, to step up after he recorded 28 yards and a touchdown on three receptions last year.
The Runnin’ Rebels look to bounce back from a 3-9 record last year. They open the 2016 season on Sept. 1 against Jackson State.